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Council on Energy, Environment and Water (CEEW), New Delhi
Research Analyst/Programme Associate

Terms of Reference

At CEEW, we are deliberate about what we stand for (and what we don’t stand for!) as an employer. So, if the below description strikes a chord, we would love to hear from you!

At CEEW, we build careers in public policy

  • We offer strong visionary leadership – with emphasis on research and impact at scale​
  • We actively promote leadership by initiative​
  • We celebrate talent and ambition​
  • You will be surrounded by smart people who will challenge you and help you grow​
  • You will learn faster than your peers in other organization’s​
  • Curiosity and irreverence as well as responsibility come together at CEEW​
  • You will get best-in-market remuneration​
  • We provide a safe space for all​
  • At CEEW, your life is your example for others​

Designation Offered Research Analyst/Programme Associate

Reporting to Programme Lead

Location New Delhi

Programme Description

Globally, countries and companies are at aiming to transit to a low carbon pathway in the coming decades. Many countries have already announced their Net Zero emission targets starting 2050. India has also committed to a Net-Zero path and aims to achieve the same by 2070. The country has also committed to setting up 500 GW of non-fossil fuel based power generation capacity, 50 per cent renewable energy capacity, reduction of one billion tonnes of carbon emission and reduction of carbon intensity by 45 per cent by 2030.

Advancements in hard and soft components of technology will be crucial for reduction, capture and offset of emissions. Technologies need to be designed and developed according to the local requirements. It is hence imperative that technological innovations across the value chain be conceptualised, designed, nurtured and supported proactively for applications in the India. Given the magnitude of change that is required, India can become the global powerhouse that co-develops, deploys, manufactures, exports and recycles these emerging and next-generation technologies. The research programme would assess the impacts and eventually drive technological advancements across the value chain – procurement, manufacturing, deployment, reuse and recycling.

Purpose

CEEW seeks to hire a Research Analyst/Programme Associate for the newly set up Technology for Transition team. The individual will responsible for independently conducting primary and secondary research in the field of energy storage. S/He will be looking at various aspects ranging from manufacturing, supply chain and deployment. The successful applicant will track global market developments and work with the team on robust quantitative and qualitative analyses of new and upcoming energy storage technologies. The candidate will conceptualise and identify policy recommendations to support Indian policymakers in bringing new technology to India and scaling up domestic manufacturing. The candidate will be expected to explore work with various stakeholders to conceptualise pilot projects. Additionally, the candidate will also develop innovative market and financing solutions required to scale up energy storage technologies.

We are looking for individuals with hands-on experience to expand the Council’s work on energy storage.

Desirable Outcomes (first year)

  • TBuild CEEW’s knowledge and understanding across the value chain for one key technology. For that technology, the candidate will be expected to build relationship with key stakeholders and industry experts across the world. The outputs may be in form of reports, white papers, webinars etc.
  • Work with team to design and institutionalise one platform to support and scale up innovation of one shortlisted technology.
  • Take up atleast one institutional responsibility or actively work on one institutional initiative.

Shortlisting Criteria and key skills

  • Foundational degree in engineering is a pre-requisite. A graduate/doctoral degree in engineering, public policy, energy economics or related disciplines such as energy management would be desirable.
  • Must have a functional knowledge of energy storage sector with a broad understanding of the power sector in India.
  • Ability to leverage his/her stakeholder network in the power, energy storage and transport sector to keep a tab on the latest trends
  • Ability to summarise and communicate the insights/findings as reports and presentations

Experience

  • At least 2-5 years of relevant work experience in research in areas mentioned in the ‘Purpose’ section.
  • Experience of working with various stakeholders holders in the public and private institutions within and outside India.

Main skills

  • Ability to identify technical and policy issues, interpret data, develop quantitative methods, and identify/ develop creative solutions
  • Good written and oral communication skills; Good report writing skills
  • Strong networking skills and experience in dealing with different stakeholders, including central and state government officials, discom officials, and researchers is essential.
  • Strong analytical skills, including quantitative research
  • Ability to use MS Office application suite including MS Excel
  • Ability to represent the research and the organisation at various national and international platforms
  • Desirable: Relevant publications in peer reviewed journals/book chapters

Personality

  • Willingness to learn new research and project management skills
  • Interest in next generation technology with a belief that even small innovations can impact the pace of climate change
  • Ability to adapt to new environment and deliver under tight deadlines in a professional environment
  • Striving for rigour in research and quality in work output
  • Ability to effectively work in a team while being able to independently drive research with minimum assistance, when time demands
  • Ability to dig deeper into details, while also keeping a sense of the broader objectives and big picture
  • Willingness to learn, grow and develop at personal and professional front, at a rapid pace with a steep learning curve
  • Ability to work in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment

CEEW operates in a dynamic environment and the candidate will be required to show flexibility in undertaking a variety of tasks. CEEW is an equal opportunity employer. Female candidates are encouraged to apply.

Compensation

CEEW offers competitive compensation commensurate to the experience and matching the best of standards adopted by industry or other similar organizations for similar roles.

Application

The last date for application form submission is 25th September 2022. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified by us. We appreciate your interest.